Wales v Italy: Six Nations – live!

They line up thusly:

Wales: L Williams; North, Watkin, Parkes, S Evans; Anscombe, G Davies; Smith, Dee, Francis, Hill, B. Davies, Tipuric, J. Davies, Faletau. Replacements: Owens, R Evans, Lee, S. Davies, Jenkins, A. Davies, Patchell, Halfpenny.

Afternoon everyone. With the title done and dusted, it’s inevitable that a certain air of anticlimax will accompany the remaining four matches of this year’s Six Nations (other than the St Patrick’s day set-to at Twickenham), though today’s game in Cardiff was never going to be decisive in any case.

For Wales, it’s a chance for another selectorial rejig as they seek to inject a little extra expansiveness into the late-Gatland era. Despite two defeats, Wales have probably performed better than expected this year, running England and Ireland much closer than many more downbeat fans expected they would. But they’ve made 10 changes from the side that lost in Dublin, giving first Six Nations starts to Owen Watkin and James Davies in a side with a free-running, free-wheelin’ look, what with Toby Faletau also returning. With Wales’s top three kickers out of the starting XV, they’ll need tries.

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